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Product Details

  • Series: Orc Stain
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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I found out about this on another web pag's "top 10 sci/fi fantasy comics of last year," and one look at their .jpeg of this series and I knew it would be good. I didn't know it would be F'ing amazing! There is "Where's Waldo" depth to every background, for one can get lost in looking at all the mini-battles going on all around. James adds depth to what could be seen as instantly dumb and simple (orcs), and this depth is both visual and visceral. The artwork is a pleasure to behold as is his coloring and inking skills (Rhasta-Trip!). I love everything about this book. At one point I questioned myself for liking it due to the high level of GONCHNESS and the gonch-like shapes of buildings and weapons and animals and the currency itself. But then I asked myself if it was not, infact, a part of nature, and thusly why can't civilizations pay tribute to natural forms?

I get a lot of Akira vibrations while reading it (as far as the outlandish-yet-familiar nature of it, and some of the extreemes), I get Miyazaki vibes from it (as far as the wonder placed upon the animals [from mounts to head-dresses...Zazu was one of my favorite characters and he's a witch's hat!], yet its entirely its own work. I am excited for the series and I'm glad to know someone makes a living creating something that is this wholly its own. This is champion work, and I've done everything I can to put it in the hands of the friends I know who love graphic novels/comics/fantasy/anime. They have all loved it as well.

But beware: While not a XXX title, and while not a big joke to get you to look at them, this book contains some pen-15. The most non-erotic pen-15 ever. I guess its the next punk frontier perhaps (now that drugs and violence are passe)...
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When I read the first issue of this comic from my local comic shop, I noticed that everything was amazing. The world was so fleshed out just from the first few pages. Basically, Orc Stain is a world where the rampaging hordes take over. The main character is possibly the fated destroyer of the barbarian society, but he isn't some Conan the Barbarian character, he is a scrawny thief who can find the weak point of anything. This leads to some seriously crazy, perfect storytelling backed up by amazingly intricate artwork.

A warning: This book isn't for kids. A decent portion of the characters are very focused on cutting off other's Gronchs. Look at the cover and you will see one thing that is highly valued among Orcs in this universe.
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By LT on February 12, 2011
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This is one of the rare oddities where the artwork is as outlandishly captivating as the story. The level of visual detail is amazing, and I found myself wanting more after my first reading. One of the most interesting and unusual graphic novels I've read as of late. Buy it, you'll have no regrets.
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[NOTE: Spoilers below...]
Opening the cover and flipping through the pages of James Stokoe's 'Orc Stain: Volume 1' was one of those rare instances that the artist's style triggered a cerulean blue thunderbolt of aesthetic revelation, arcing from printed page to optical cortex. In the last several years, there's only been a handful: Michael Deforge's 'Lose'; Jesse Jacob's 'Even the Giants'; Theo Ellsworth's 'Capacity'; and Rafael Grampa's 'Mesmo Delivery'. Other artists -- some of whom I like just as much or better -- usually start strong, but gradually convince me of their genius as the story progresses... no cerulean blue thunderbolts; they just didn't have the bombastic style or apparent originality of an artist like Rafael Grampa -- for example.

The fourth name on that list is James Stokoe. His early work in Won Ton Soup bears a strong resemblance to the style of his friend Brandon Graham; but my first exposure was the spot he landed after making a huge evolutionary leap: the toxic colors and bold, intricate line-work of 'Orc Stain: Volume 1'. There was still a Graham influence, but it was just one ingredient in a concoction that includes Paul Pope, Nathan Fox, Geof Darrow, Moebius, Taiyo Matsumoto, Dave Cooper, and Farel Dalrymple. With that many ingredients, the stylistic influences coalesce and disappear, becoming something new.

Honestly, 'Orc Stain' could've sucked as a story -- I think I expected it to suck -- so I was surprised to find myself loving Stokoe's nasty little fantasy about a world ruled by Orcs. This goes way beyond the 'grimdark' genre in many ways, but it's got an easy, lightly satirical humor that keeps it far from bleak. Everything in this world looks diseased or poisonous, but it's fun to look at and richly detailed.
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This book's amazing. The story is cool. And the art is some of the best ever seen in a comic.James Stokoe is a comic book genius. My only complaint is the pages are not glossy, the art is still crazy good though. Get this and enjoy.
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Amazing stuff. Filled with the fine detail of someone truly in love with their creation as opposed to just blowing through twenty pages to get to some Big Reveal. The spirit of Heavy Metal and a nice break from the superhero blah blah blah that dominates the comic universe. Not for the squeamish though...wait till you see what they use for currency in their world!
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